To celebrate the ‘end of the world’, Damian Lazarus – head of record label Crosstown Rebels – is organising a 24-hour festival, called Day Zero. Featuring appearances from a variety of electronic music acts, along with spiritual awareness classes, meetings with Mayan descendents, special ceremonies… and all taking place in an awe-inspiring site in Mexico. I caught up with Damian recently to talk about the Mayans and his forthcoming event.
Earlier this year, Amirali Shahrestani released his debut album In Time. He was signed to an album project immediately after sending a few demos to Damian Lazarus, head of much-praised record label Crosstown Rebels. Damian has a reputation for discovering and breaking exciting new talent, which made Amirali’s album a highly-anticipated record – and rightly so, it’s an album that’s full of wistful vocals, tight production and emotive melodies.
Laura Jones has had a rather sharp rise up the DJ ranks, after working hard to make it since falling in love with house and techno during a trip to Ibiza in 2005, she finally got her big break last year.
Earlier this year video of DJ duo Art Department playing a track with the chorus ‘You and I, we are like…cocaine and ketamine’ spread like wildfire on the net. The infectious, and blatant drug-related lyrics striking a chord with many partygoers around the world. As with many exclusive, unreleased tracks, nobody knew who it was by and so the hunt began.
Having struggled to break into music as a youngster, Gavin Herlihy turned his hand to writing and became a journalist, which in turn helped facilitate a move back into music – first DJing and, eventually, production. He’s certainly not the only music journo to have ever made the transition from writing about it to making it (or juggling both professions), but he’s been making strides in terms of his musical output in recent months.
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